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Old Apr 14, 2007, 12:07 AM   #1
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A few days ago I posted a night shot of Melbourne.

This was the exposure that really jumped out at me. At the time I took three exposures from the same spot. Each presented without processing beyond conversion to jpeg and resizing.
The camera recommendation in A mode f5 15seconds

a (-1EV) 8 s shot


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and a (+2EV) 60 second shot (yhis was the source of the original post)


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This is the 15s) shot processed in CS3 with a straignten, curves adjustment and USM sharpening.

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These are two variations using HDR software (not yet paid for, hence advertising) that blend all three shots and is then processed in CS3 for straightening and USM. The first is pretty close to the default easyHDR values.

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The second has those values pushed a bit.

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Which do you prefer ?

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Old Apr 14, 2007, 12:41 AM   #2
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On my screen #1 looks better and realistic. Let's wait to see what others say.
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Old Apr 14, 2007, 12:55 AM   #3
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I like #3 best. I am not saying it looks more realistic, but for viewing I like the richness of the colors in it.
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Old Apr 14, 2007, 1:05 AM   #4
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I like the first of the two HDR shots best at this point. Maybe with looking more I would change. Or maybe my subconscious will keep telling me not to like HDR shots since I cannot do them in Elements.
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Old Apr 14, 2007, 5:56 AM   #5
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Interesting, three responses, three opinions. Thanks for looking and commenting. I actually favour the first shot that I did not use the HDR software on. Whilst the HDR has given me more detail on the leaves and path and has just about allowed me to read the bright sign on the mid-height building in the left group, I still lean more to the actual shot processed (perhaps a bit over processed looking at it again).

The firt HDR shot just does not have enough 'night' and the last one looks a bit strange to me in the water reflections. I will have to keep playing with the trial version of the software before I commit one way or the other.
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Old Apr 14, 2007, 9:27 AM   #6
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I am no expert but I like the richness of the colours in the last photo as it seems to bring the photo to life!!!!
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Old Apr 14, 2007, 11:33 AM   #7
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Out of the three shots, I definitely like the first one best. It looks the most natural & pleasing to my eye. It has great depth and just the right amount of visual drama.

The second one seems washed out (even though I know it isn't) and the third one is a bit oversaturated (to my eyes, at least).

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Old Apr 14, 2007, 5:37 PM   #8
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I've always thought HDR was more useful for daytime shots in order to balance the sky against the exposure of the landscape. Levels would be far less effective on a daytime shot and I'm sure you'd immediately appreciate the benefit of the HDR process in comparison.

Btw... I was thinking #1 is best but I also enjoyed the richness of #3.

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Old Apr 14, 2007, 6:29 PM   #9
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Thanks Annie, Doug and NewsyL.

I will definitely try the HDR process on some daytime shots, I could not resist doing these night ones as I just took the three exposures as a bit of a play.
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Rafeal a real good experiment, nr 1 of the hdr is my favourite, it seems better exposed. - Great work - Ronny
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